Behold the coconut, one of Mother Nature’s sweetest tropical fruits (or nut or seed). Another name for it is copra oil. It is edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts. So virgin coconut oil is slow to oxidize and thus, resistant to rancidification, lasting up to six months at 24 °C (75 °F) without spoiling.
The plant is mostly cultivated in the Western Region of Ghana. It’s been part of the diet and skin care of Ghanaian’s for centuries. It is heart-healthy, great for oral health, contributes to higher energy levels and a stronger metabolism.
COLD PRESSED COCONUT OIL
As the name suggests, cold-pressed coconut oil is made without any heat. The coconut meat is scooped out and pressed so that you’re left with pure coconut oil.
Oil which is made by pressing the coconuts without generating/adding heat & chemicals i.e. cold pressing the coconuts, is called cold pressed coconut oil.
Cold-pressed coconut oil is beneficial for people looking to avoid additives.
Because pure cold-pressed coconut oil doesn’t undergo any refining, it’s naturally additive free.
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Proper harvesting of the coconut (the age of a coconut can be 2 to 20 months when picked) makes a significant difference in the efficacy of the oil-making process. Copra made from immature nuts is more difficult to work with and produces an inferior product with lower yields. Conventional coconut oil processors use hexane as a solvent to extract up to 10% more oil than produced with just rotary mills and expellers. They then refine the oil to remove certain free fatty acids to reduce susceptibility to rancidification. Other processes to increase shelf life include using copra with a moisture content below 6%, keeping the moisture content of the oil below 0.2%, heating the oil to 130–150 °C (266–302 °F) and adding salt or citric acid.
Coconut Oil contains a cornucopia of fatty acids and proteins that hold antioxidants and provide countless health benefits. This oil is rich in medium-chain fatty acids. In great part, it comprises of caprylic acid, lauric acid and capric acid. This is a 100% pure form of virgin coconut oil. One can use it for cooking, baking, frying and used raw in recipes and meals.
COCONUT OIL NUTRITIONAL FACTS
Nutritional Values (based on one tablespoon of coconut oil.
- 120 calories.
- 0 grams of protein
- 14 grams of fat (12 = saturated fat; 1 = monounsaturated fat; and 0.5 grams of polyunsaturated fats.)
- 0 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol
It’s worth noting that, component-wise, coconut oils often differ in their make-up, and differ in their health benefits.
Example, Partially hydrogenated coconut oil isn’t deemed as healthy by nutritionists. It’s similar to other processed oils that hold trans fats. But this comes from fruit components of coconuts and is extracted without use of chemicals or foreign agents, nutritionists look more favorably on virgin coconut oil.
Benefits of Coconut Oil
There is a growing body of evidence that coconut oil offers some health benefits, both internally and externally.
A Boost in Good Cholesterol
Coconut oil can modestly hike one’s level of good cholesterol.
Good for Blood Sugar and Diabetes
Coconut oil can aid in lowering obesity levels in the body and also battles insulin resistance – issues that often lead to type two diabetes.
Helps Fight Back Against Alzheimer’s Disease
The MCFA component in coconut oil – especially its generation of ketones by the liver – aids in mending brain function in Alzheimer patients.
Helps Stop Heart Diseases and High Blood Pressure
Since coconut oil is so high in saturated fats, that helps boost HDL (or “good”) cholesterol to ward off heart disease and lowering high triglycerides. Additionally, coconut oil also performs a rather remarkable and heart-healthy feat – it helps turn bad cholesterol into good cholesterol.
Aids In Liver Health
Virgin Coconut oil guards against any damage to the liver, and also aids in curing urinary tract infections.
Unrefined coconut oil hikes energy and endurance. This is primarily by its MCFA’s shooting directly into the liver, which enables it to be converted into energy.
Aids With Digestion
Another benefit of coconut oil – it helps with food digestion by aid the body take in fat-soluble components like vitamins and magnesium. It also eliminates toxic bacteria and candida, which fights poor digestion and stomach inflammation. That helps prevent stomach ulcers.
Acts As Salve For Wounds and Burns
Virgin Coconut is good for the skin, especially in the treatment of wounds, burns, and dermatitis. It also acts as sunblock, and as a moisturizer for the skin, thanks to the two primary fatty acids in unrefined coconut oil, caprylic and lauric, and to its antioxidant component, which team up to reduce inflammation under the skin and promote better healing.
Acts As An Anti-aging Component
Rich with antioxidants, coconut oil slows aging process, generally by curbing any undue stress on the liver.
Helps With Weight Loss
Virgin Coconut oil help with weight loss, it acts as a fat and calorie burner, with doses of the unrefined oil. It also acts as an appetite suppressant. One study shows that the capric acid in coconut oil helps boost thyroid performance. It in turn reduces a body’s resting heart rate and aids in burning fat for an increased energy boost.
Several Options For Using Coconut Oil
- Stir-fry. You can ideally use it in a pan, either via sauté or stir-fry, with beef, fish, chicken, eggs, or vegetables.
- Baking. You can also ingest coconut oil by drizzling it on beef, fish or chicken before cooking in the oven. Health advocates recommend coconut oil as a substitute for eggs or butter in baking dishes, like curry or vegetable dishes.
- Add to coffee and tea. Add to coffee or tea in moderate amounts. (Recommendation is no more than a teaspoon.)
- As a supplement. Users can also buy coconut oil, in capsule form, at a drug store, health food outlet, grocery store, or online through companies like Amazon.com. A word of warning – coconut oil in capsule forms is only available in minute amounts per capsule.
- The daily recommended amount is two tablespoon, which can be used as a cooking ingredient.